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American Idol 9, Jan. 26 – Hot and Cold Like the Guest Judge


To say Austin is over the top is an understatement. He’s a really bad Mick Jagger. He gets on the floor and flaps his legs and arms, and Katy says she’s scared. Kara and Randy agree that he was channeling Mick, and Simon wants to know why he can’t be happy just treating water. He tells Austin this is not his purpose in life. Austin wants to sing some ELO, but ends up freaking Simon out more. He gets all noes and is gone. His friend tells him outside to not be surprised if Katy calls him later. Do you think he’s still waiting by the phone?

Andrew Garcia, 23, a musician, Moreno Valley, CA, is a dad and says it’s the greatest thing in the world and gives you more reason to do what you love and appreciate everything you have. He wants him to have everything, more than what he had. His parents always struggled and were very involved in gangs. His dad says he was born and raised in Compton, and that his life was terrible, Andrew’s mom says it was hard not to join the gangs. They wanted a better life for their boys, so moved out of the area. His dad tears up talking about how independent Andrew has become. Andrew feels like his life could change with this audition.

Singing Sunday Morning, Andrew has some raw talent. All four judges look like they’re really enjoying him, Kara irritatingly so. Simon thinks Andrew is the only person to walk through today who he believes is a genuinely good singer. He can tell he likes music, and he thinks the song was a good choice. He’s glad he met Andrew and likes him. Kara really likes him as well, thinking he knew what to emphasize. Randy says his theory is if you can sing, you can singing anything, and Andrew has mad vocals. He gets four yeses, with Katy admitting he gave her chills. His family is thrilled.

Tasha Layton, 26, Granada Hills, CA, is a personal assistant by day and minister by night. She’s singing Baby Baby Baby by Joss Stone and is easily the best female we’ve heard today. Katy loves a good Southern belle, and Simon thinks people might like Tasha. If she made the top 12, he thinks it would be an Oh Happy Day medley, but she thinks that would only hold if he wore a robe. She gets four yeses and is through. Oh Happy Day!

Jason Green, 21, a college student, L.A., thinks he’ll get a ticket because he has talent and believes in magic. He talks about how beautiful Katy is and says he’s singing I Touch Myself. He sings the song directly to Katy, as Kara grabs Randy. He gets down on his kneees at the appropraite time in the song. Kara is way to weird to this song. Randy makes him stay on his knees, as Simon tells Jason if he’s comfortable down there, he’s comfortable. He asks Simon to join him, but he obviously declines.

Randy votes no, and Kara no as well, Katy tells him she feels dirty, and he says she makes him feel dirty, especially with that top, and Simon cuts to the chase saying it’s a no. Kara says it’s hard to make girls feel dirty, and Jason replies not for him, but he’ll see them next year. He tells Ryan outside they loved him, every inch, then gives his phone number to Ryan as a present, who tells him as much as he may believe what he reads, he should be giving the nubmer to another man, as he hands it to the burliest man I think I’ve ever seen in my ife. Now that’s funny.

The last contestant of the day, Chris Golightly, 25, a shoe salesman, L.A., grew up in foster care since he was 18 months old in over 25 different homes. Every holiday, birthday, and good grade, he had no one to enjoy it with. He was so wanting to be loved. Music is always where he felt secure. He sings Stand By Me and has the most pure voice I’ve heard in awhile. You can literally see his emotions.

Randy thinks there’s something very interesting about Chris and Kara calls him one of her favorites, because she thinks they’ll look back at the audition and say wow, as he’s the type of kid with just enough talent and story to really connect with it. Katy tells her it’s not a Lifeime movie. He still has to have talent. Simon didn’t get what Kara did, yet gives a yes with a small Y. Katy does the same, Kara gives yes with a big Y, and Randy gives him a giant Y.

We had a good couple of auditions tonight, but there still isnt’ anything to jump up and down about. It still boils down to Pants On the Ground and Orlando. I’m guessing, though, that they’re holding out on us with the good auditions like never before. We still have the Best and Wrost episode of all these cities to get through. I think … hope … we’ll see more talent there.

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